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Health Tip: Exercising in the Heat

Drink lots of water

(HealthDay News) -- You shouldn't stop exercising during the summer months, just because the mercury has jumped to uncomfortable heights. But you should take precautions to protect yourself against heat-related illness.

The American Council on Exercise offers these guidelines:

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
  • Don't exercise as vigorously as you normally do, especially during the first few days of hotter weather.
  • Pay attention to factors other than temperature, including humidity.
  • Exercise early in the morning or late in the evening, to beat the hottest temperatures.
  • Wear lightweight clothing that fits loosely.
  • Listen to your body and take a rest when you need it.
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